I felt as though the handwriting was on the wall two or three years ago as mirrorless cameras garnered more and more of the market share – after all what’s not to like?
Having gone mirrorless I can’t see myself stepping back – apparently the big boys like Hasselblad and Leica are convinced it’s fast becoming a mirrorless world and offering some high end, high priced models.
Canon has kind of toyed with the idea but never really committed until recently – Nikon either has or shortly will follow suite – Pentax is up and running, Fujifilm has been in the game for a while and several other manufacturers have joined the fray.
Like the Borg of Star Trek fame resistance is rapidly becoming futile, and with the abundance and versatility of today’s adapters you really don’t have to invest in an entirely new set of lenses.
Additionally a lot of mirrorless will accept lenses of the same mount made by the same or third party company.
Admittedly I wasn’t much interested in mirrorless cameras initially but once having used a friends camera I quickly changed my mind.
I currently have the Sony Nex 7 and the Sony a6300 and won’t hesitate to say I have a higher opinion of them than any other digital cameras I have owned.
Doing a little bartering labor wise for an a6500 and once that’s a done deal I’ll be passing the 7 and a couple of lenses off to a friend who due to a series of events had to part ways with his Canon 60d, a fine camera.
When it comes to film I began with a used Nikon f4, a revolutionary camera for it’s time – kind of a story with that as a couple who were deep into photography I met in Seattle urged me to begin photography and offered the f4, a couple of lenses, and a crash course in the mechanics
They’d had the f4 for several years, bought it new in fact, and had nothing but praise for it – my good fortune I wound up with it.
I’ve never been much on accepting free things so I rebuilt their porch for them in exchange and was off and running – a journey one might say that led to the taking of hundreds if not thousands of photos on reservations across this country, every mountain range and river I ever spent time in or near, and what I refer to as my “studies” period where I would focus entirely on something like leaves or whatever caught my attention to the exclusion of nearly everything else.
I’ve been threatening to dive into video and done a little, but so far it hasn’t amounted to much more than an idle threat, I mean to correct that though.
New isn’t a priority for me, used is fine if it’s in good shape and functions as it should – as a matter of necessity I learned as child it’s a good idea if you own something you need to be able to fix it and made a point of being able to do so in most instances, something that’s held me in good stead and facilitated more than one acquisition.
Everything you see in the above photo was acquired used, the tripod and rail a good fifteen years or so old, and I’ve yet to have a single problem with any of it.
In the end we all have a tendency to develop loyalties to a product or brand, the arbiter being what works for us and what we’re comfortable with.
That’s a good thing because if you aren’t at ease with what you use the end result will always suffer.
So at least for the time being I’m on the Sony mirrorless band wagon, if you favor another well and good – just get out there and take the photos only you are capable of taking and don’t be afraid to experiment – it isn’t like you’re constrained by wasting film.